Digest for 04-27-14


LOCAL

Woodlawn sweeps DH at UCA

CONWAY — Woodlawn defeated Crawford 9-5 and Southside Bee Branch 7-5 in a doubleheader on Saturday on the campus of Central Arkansas.

In the first game, J.P. Aiken picked up the win after coming on in relief. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate with three RBIs.

Stephen Albright was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Colton Williams was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Caleb Holleman had a two-run triple and Jayden Fultz had a two-run single for the Bears.

In the second game, Trey Chapman was credited with the win while Taylor Stitt earned the save.

Wiliams was 2 for 4, Holleman had a two-run single and Aiken had a RBI single.

Woodlawn (23-3) will conclude its regular season on Monday at Bearden beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In other Saturday high school baseball action, Pine Bluff lost at home to Bryant, 12-0.

Blossoms swept in regular-season finale

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team concluded the 2014 regular season with a pair of losses to Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday at home. NWOSU won the first game 4-2 and finalized the four-game sweep with a 3-2 win in the finale.

UAM (26-28, 16-23 Great American Conference) answered NWOSU’s home run in the top of the first inning with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning from sophomore Kali Piha and senior Beth Johnson to put the Blossoms up 2-1.

The Rangers (39-15, 27-11 GAC) answered in the top of the second inning with a solo homerun from Shyanne Nichols and used a UAM error to take a 3-2 lead.

In the second game, the Rangers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held UAM to just one run in the bottom of the frame to record the one-run win.

UAM has earned the No. 7 seed in the GAC Championship Tournament to be played Thursday-Saturday at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville. The Blossoms open up against No. 2 seed Southern Arkansas on Thursday at noon.

NATIONAL

Logano edges Gordon for Richmond win

RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano prevailed in a four-car battle for the lead in the closing laps to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Logano ran in fourth for the final restart with nine laps to go. Matt Kenseth led the way, but Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon battled Kenseth for the top spot following the restart.

While Kenseth, Keselowski and Gordon were bumping into each other, Logano moved to the inside of them and took over the lead with four laps to go. Logano beat Gordon to the finish line by 0.9 seconds for his second win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. His first victory came earlier this month at Texas.

It’s the first time Logano won a short-track race in the series. Prior to this event, he had never led a lap at Richmond, a three-quarter-mile track.

After the race concluded, tempers flared on pit road and in the garage area. Keselowski walked over to Kenseth’s car on pit road to express his displeasure towards Kenseth. Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose traded punches in the garage before crew members from both teams intervened. Mears and Ambrose had been battling for position in the final laps.

Wizards’ Nene suspended for Game 4

WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards forward Nene has been suspended for Sunday’s Game 4 of the team’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with Chicago for his altercation with the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler in Friday’s matchup between the teams.

Nene received two technical fouls and was ejected after grabbing Butler by the neck and head-butting him with 8:28 remaining of the Wizards’ eventual 100-97 Game 3 loss at Verizon Center. The result trimmed Washington’s lead in the series to two games to one.

The Brazilian veteran played a key role in the Wizards’ two victories in Chicago to begin the series, dropping in 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting in Game 1 and going 8-of-13 from the field in a 17-point, seven-rebound effort during Tuesday’s 101-99 Washington win.

Trevor Booker is expected to take Nene’s place in the starting lineup for Sunday’s contest.

Bruins beat Red Wings, advance to second round

BOSTON — Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla registered third-period goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots, as the Boston Bruins advanced courtesy of a 4-2 decision over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from TD Garden.

Loui Eriksson and Zdeno Chara also tallied, with Torey Krug adding a pair of assists for the Bruins, who won the series 4-1 and face the rival Montreal Canadiens in the next round at a date to be determined.

“That series was a lot tougher than maybe the results showed; Detroit is a really good team with a great system and great players,” Chara said in praise of his opponents for the last eight days.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg provided offense for the Red Wings, who failed to win a playoff series for the second time in three seasons.

Jonas Gustavsson, making his second start in place of the ill Jimmy Howard, made 29 saves in the season-ending setback.